British journalist Robert Lovelace travels to California to report on the social media giant Global Village. He’s horrified by what he finds: a company—guided by the ruthless vision of its founder, Evan Bone—that seems to be making journalism itself redundant. Appalled, he decides to abandon the project and return home.
But as he leaves he has a disconcerting encounter that sends him off in a totally different direction. Soon he finds himself embarked on an increasingly fraught and dangerous mission. The aim: to uncover the murky truth about Evan Bone’s past and his pathological disregard for the human cost of the behemoth he has created.
Robert’s quest takes him from San Francisco to a small college town in the Midwest, to the site of a former hippie commune in northern California, introducing us to a range of vivid characters, and confronting us with the price we pay—online trolling; the loss of privacy; professional ruin—for living in an “interconnected” world. Finally, he makes a startling discovery—and is thrown into a completely unforeseen existential dilemma.
A timely, stylishly written, and brilliantly conceived metaphysical thriller, Coyote Fork carries us on an unforgettable journey, before bringing us face to face with the darkness at the heart of Silicon Valley itself.
A slickly effective, tightly-written neo-noir that successfully reimagines that genre’s fatalist vision of human depravity into the no less cynical era of social media: in which, as in the noir classics of old, nobody—not the protagonist gumshoe, not the ostensible femme fatale, not the idealists—comes out unscathed.
Tara Isabella Burton, author of Social Creature: A Novel
Coyote Fork is a gripping thriller that had me turning the pages not just because of its compelling narrative but also because it raises crucial questions. Some ingenious surprises along the way in this witty and thought-provoking novel and a moving evocation of a society—Native American—based on values very different from those that have brought us to our present plight.
Charles Palliser, author of The Quincunx and The Unburied
As well as being beautifully written, Coyote Fork is a clever and unsettling fable for our times, with much to say about the contemporary world and the future of humanity. In the character of Evan Bone there are echoes of Margaret Atwood’s Crake.
Helen E. Mundler, author of Homesickness
Fast-paced, edgy, spooky at times, and always elegantly written, Coyote Fork tells the story of one man’s struggle to uncover the truth in a post-truth world; it raises profound questions about power, responsibility, and the enduring influence of the past on the present. Wilson’s writer-protagonist Robert Lovelace proves a sympathetic and entertaining companion in a thrilling tale that takes us through death threats, hatred, suicide, and murder.
Sarah LeFanu, author of Something of Themselves
It’s like a Ross MacDonald novel for the 21st century: hard-boiled and fast-paced, but profound and philosophical too. It’s such an acute analysis of our contemporary situation, where vicious scapegoating can parade as inclusivity, and technological utopianism can enable delusional despotism. There was a metaphysical depth to it, too, which raised profound questions about our rooted past and our greatly-threatened future. The characters and dialogue, too, were both utterly convincing. I loved so many of them. They were all so recognisable, but never cliched.
Tobias Jones, author of The Dark Heart of Italy, Utopian Dreams, and Blood on the Altar